Great Tension In Aso Rock, As VP Yemi Osinbajo Set To Resign Any Moment From Now, Allegedly

By Post-Nigeria: September 18, 2019 10:06

Great Tension In Aso Rock, As VP Yemi Osinbajo Set To Resign Any Moment From Now, Allegedly

The fate of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who President Muhammadu Buhari once described as a loyal Vice, was hanging in the balance, last night.
Prof. Osinbajo has been more than just a number two citizen; he has been the poster boy of the Buhari administration.
A man of intellectual depth; Osinbajo speaks eloquently about the administration’s economic policies.
However, on Monday, the Presidency announced the replacement of the Economic Management Team, EMT, which Osinbajo chaired, with an Economic Advisory Council, EAC, to be chaired by Prof. Doyin Salami.
Other members of the new body are Dr. Mohammed Sagagi (Vice Chairman), Prof. Ode Ojowu, Dr. Shehu Yahaya, Dr. Iyabo Masha, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, Mr. Bismark Rewane, and Dr. Mohammed Adaya Salisu (Secretary).
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said that the Advisory Council “will be reporting directly to the President”.

Barely 48-hours after constituting the EAC, there has been disquiet within the government and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, over alleged plans to relocate some top Aides of the Vice President from the Presidential Villa, to some Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.
The developments fueled the claims that some forces are out to “curtail” the VP’s powers, by removing some Agencies under his supervision.
Deepening the fears is the alleged memo from President Buhari, directing the Vice President to henceforth seek Presidential approvals in the running of the Agencies under his supervision.
Meanwhile, Osinbajo has denied any rift in the Presidency.
He said that Agencies under his supervision are acting constitutionally.
The Vice President, stated that he never failed to comply with the law.
He cautioned against moves to cause disaffection in the Presidency, especially between him and the President.
He maintained that he has an effective and mutually respectful relationship with the President.
However, it was gathered that the Social Investment Programme, SIP, may now operate under the newly created Ministry of Social Development, Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.

A top source said: “A proposal has now been forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari, seeking his approval for the dispersal of most of the Presidential Advisers and Aides in the Vice President’s office outside the Presidential Villa.
“If the President consents, all the VP’s key Aides and Advisers covering a variety of briefs, would then be posted out of the Villa to the MDAs.”
Sources last night, spoke of alleged plot to “muzzle” the Vice President, ahead of permutations for 2023.
A government source said: “I am not aware of any political animosity in the Presidency. The reality is that the resources available to the government are shrinking, and we have to realign some MDAs within the scarce resources.
“Go and read the report of the Ahmed Joda Transition Committee in 2015, when this government was being put in place. Restructuring bureaucracy has no tribal or religious colour.
“No matter what you do, no one can put a wedge between the President and the Vice President. They have mutual respect for each other.”
Observers believe that there will be conflict in the roles of the EAC and the statutory National Economic Council, NEC, headed by the VP.
The 1999 Constitution, as amended, gives the NEC the power to “advise” the President on economic affairs.

Section H of Part 1 of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution says: “The National Economic Council shall comprise the following members – (a) the Vice President (b) the Governor of each State of the Federation; and (c) the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, established under the Central Bank of Nigeria Decree 1991, or any enactment replacing that Decree.
“The National Economic Council shall have power to advise the President concerning economic affairs of the Federation, and in particular, on measures necessary for the co-ordination of the economic planning efforts or economic programmes of the various governments of the Federation.”
A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “We see the two bodies as one with EAC comprised of Economic Experts and NEC composed of Political Leaders. Even the Advisory Council has no constitutional backing.”
Another APC Chief said: “We are worried, because the Advisory Council is suggesting that the APC administration has run out of ideas, such that we are now recruiting some Experts used by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the past.”

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